Radical Hill Rollover

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Radical Hill Rollover

Photo courtesy of Colorado 4×4 Rescue & Recovery Members

At 08:00 on August 31st, 2017 Colorado 4×4 Rescue and Recovery was contacted by a private party needing assistance recovering his vehicle after a roll over on August 22nd, 2017. A team consisting of 7 vehicles with 8 people was formed in under an hour for a scheduled recovery. Summit County Sheriff office was notified of the operation and that the trail would be blocked for the recovery. The requesting party reported that he had been traversing the top shelf road of Radical Hill trail when his right rear tire slipped off the shelf and the vehicles went down approximately 400 feet, rolling at least 3 times. The occupant and dog were both thrown clear and taken to the hospital at the time. The vehicle came to rest next to a lower switchback, on its side but damaged on all sides but the front. The weather was warm and dry. 4 winches, 2 anchor vehicles, approximately 400 feet of winch line, two safety lines, and one kinetic line and were used to get the vehicle back on the road surface needing 3 re-riggings. The roll over scene was mitigated for wet and dry contamination. The vehicle was then moved along the shelf road utilizing 3 rigs, 2 tow straps and 1 kinetic line. Modifications and repairs were made to the vehicle to facilitate its relocation to the trail head. This required the use of 4 hi-lift jacks, 3 ratchet straps, and 2 spare trailing arms. Three tires had to be re-beaded. The vehicle was then moved 5 miles to the trailhead in a dead tow using 3 vehicles, 2 tow straps and 1 kinetic line and a lead vehicle to clear the path. One recovery team member had to rest and hydrate for one hour due to dehydration. The vehicle arrived at the trail head at 20:30 hours. Summit County Sheriff was notified the scene was clear and recovery complete.

7 units on scene.
8 members on scene.
2 dispatchers monitored recovery.
70 hours from initial contact to scene cleared.
108 member hours on scene.
18.5 member dispatch hours

Photo courtesy of Colorado 4×4 Rescue & Recovery Members

Photo courtesy of Colorado 4×4 Rescue & Recovery Members

Photo courtesy of Colorado 4×4 Rescue & Recovery Members

Photo courtesy of Colorado 4×4 Rescue & Recovery Members

Photo courtesy of Colorado 4×4 Rescue & Recovery Members

Photo courtesy of Colorado 4×4 Rescue & Recovery Members

Photo courtesy of Colorado 4×4 Rescue & Recovery Members

Photo courtesy of Colorado 4×4 Rescue & Recovery Members

Photo courtesy of Colorado 4×4 Rescue & Recovery Members

Comments 1

  1. Just ran that trail last Thursday, July 5th in preparation of Mile Hi Jeep Clubs “All4Fun” event to be held at the end of July. 300 some jeeps from around the country will be led by Mile Hi Jeep members on various trails in the area, including Radical Hill. While not extremely difficult it is very narrow and relatively steep near the top. A slow and cautious approach and steady driving skills makes this trail very enjoyable. Colorado 4×4 Recovery does an excellent job assisting stranded vehicles get out of tough situations in the high country.

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